Teens chas­ing dreams

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

VA­RI­ETY is help­ing three lo­cal teenagers to fol­low their artis­tic and sport­ing dreams.

Hil­ton drum en­thu­si­ast Bryn English, Suc­cess bas­ket­baller Joshua Kinghorn and South Lake pi­anist Lewis Smith were among 34 young peo­ple who will re­ceive a boost in their cho­sen field thanks to a Va­ri­ety schol­ar­ship, which helps young peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­ity, chronic ill­ness or dis­ad­van­tage to fur­ther ex­plore their pas­sions.

Fif­teen-year-old Bryn said he had al­ways loved mu­sic, es­pe­cially since get­ting into South Fremantle Se­nior High School’s spe­cial­ist mu­sic pro­gram.

“I like the way you can be cre­ative with drum­ming, creat­ing new sounds and rhythms,” he said.

“I'm in a band at school; be­ing the drum­mer is like be­ing the heart­beat of the band.

“I feel de­lighted, grate­ful and proud to get a Va­ri­ety schol­ar­ship and the elec­tric drum kit has helped me prac­tice more in the evening with­out wak­ing up the whole neigh­bour­hood or set­ting the dogs off bark­ing.”

Joshua’s dad Mark said his 15-year-old son had a big pas­sion for basketball.

“He got into basketball play­ing in a lo­cal team three years ago and was no­ticed by coaches and rec­om­mended he try out for the state team,” he said.

“He was the youngest player to ever make the WA state team, aged 14, and in Fe­bru­ary of 2016 he played in Queens­land for WA.

“Josh’s aim is to go one step fur­ther and play for Aus­tralia for the Boomerangs and the Va­ri­ety schol­ar­ship has en­abled Josh to travel and fol­low his dreams.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467904

Schol­ar­ship winners Josh Kinghorn and Bryn English.

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